Posted on June 30, 2011 - GC1071

Company: Ducks Unlimited Canada
Position: Remote Sensing / GIS Specialist
Location: Edmonton, AB
Contact Name: Al Richard

Job Description

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), Canada’s most trusted and respected wetland conservation organization, is seeking a Remote Sensing / GIS Specialist to oversee the classification of boreal wetland mapping projects, and to provide GIS technical support (i.e., analytical, cartographic and database management) specific to various GIS projects and program support needs. The Remote Sensing / GIS Specialist will be responsible for undertaking the classification of various wetland mapping projects, managing GIS project components, participating in partnership development activities, and providing advanced technical and analytical services required to support DUC's vision and strategies. The position located in Edmonton, Albertawill report to the Western Boreal GIS Manager commencing on the preferred start date of December 1, 2011.

Job Qualifications

As a member of the Western Boreal Program (WBP) team you will provide Remote Sensing and GIS technical expertise and leadership to internal clients while collaborating with external partners to meet user needs and implement Remote Sensing and GIS project components.  The candidate will also collaborate with other Regional and National GIS team members on projects requiring specific expertise.  Your responsibilities will primarily be, but are not limited to: 

  • Classification of boreal wetland mapping initiatives in accordance to internal protocols and standards under the supervision of the lead Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Assisting in helicopter or fixed wing field data collection and assisting in managing field logistics for Remote Sensing based projects
  • Design and implement Remote Sensing and GIS projects and products in consultation with staff and partners to meet user needs
  • Lead or participate in project teams providing Remote Sensing & GIS support
  • Identifying, gathering, analyzing, and integrating spatial data from internal or external sources
  • Creating maps and graphs for presentations, technical papers, or reports
  • Maintaining and updating GIS data to support the program 
  • Compilation of metadata and other documentation
  • Operating and maintaining GIS system hardware, software, plotter, and other devices

You possess a minimum of a university degree in Geography (Remote Sensing – GIS) with some environmental science educational background (preferably ecology), and have a minimum of three years’ work experience using eCognition, Erdas, and  ESRI GIS (ArcGIS) software.  You also possess the following: 

  • Solid understanding and experience working with eCognition and Erdas image analysis software
  • Solid understanding and experience working with ESRI ArcGIS and associated extensions
  • Advanced knowledge of GIS modeling approaches and procedures
  • Proven knowledge of geographic (geo-processing) and cartographic principals (projections and datums)
  • Working knowledge of biophysical habitat inventories
  • Excellent oral/written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, set priorities, and meet rigid deadlines
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license is required 
  • Excellent cartographic skills in developing various communication delivery products
  • Strong statistical background
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or similar graphic production software
  • Understanding of Landscape Ecology background or prior experience with wetland ecosystems
  • Experience working and communicating with diverse groups of people in dynamic settings
  • Strong data management skills

Other Information

In Canada, we lose 80 acres of wetlands every day and we need your help to stop this loss.  If you’re a conservation minded, compassionate individual who is interested in this opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resumé, including salary expectations, for confidential consideration to the attention of:              

Al Richard                                                         Ducks UnlimitedCanada

Fax: (780) 443-6236                                       100, 17958 – 106 Ave.                           Edmonton,AlbertaT5S 1V4

Closing deadline: November 1, 2011

DUC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce.  We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a complete range of employee benefits for this full-time position. 

Created in 1938, Ducks Unlimited Canada is a private, non-profit conservation organization that conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.  These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. 

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

 No phone calls please.

Ducks Unlimited Canada
P.O. Box 1160

Stonewall, MB
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